January 2014 Chapter Meeting Arrow to Content

Chapter Business

The January meeting was held at HP Cloud offices in the Washington State Convention Center.  Marc Pinotti opened the meeting with Chapter Business which included:.

  • Thanking our meeting host HP and Ben De Bont for providing the space and meeting refreshments for the evening.
  • Reminder of the February Chapter meeting with Christopher Howard and Colin Folawn who will be discussing “Cloud Security, Data Integrity, and the Law:  Federal Rules and Enforcement”.


Meeting Presentations

Ben De Bont, Chief Security Officer, HP Cloud Services, discussed  “Attacking the Public Cloud“.  Ben’s presentation included case study examples of the types of attacks being used on IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and protection measures utilized to thwart these attacks.  He also discussed his work on the Security Guidance for OpenStack and provided copies to meeting attendees.

Ben de Bont is the CSO for HP Cloud. Prior to his current role Ben led the information security group at MySpace, and was responsible for incident response and security for MSN Messenger and Hotmail at Microsoft. Ben is the co-author of the OpenStack Security Guide, and holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Bill Dean, Director of Computer Forensics, Director of Security Assessments, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. provided a lively discussion on  “The Reality of Cloud Forensics“.  Bill’s presentation included current trends in Cloud attacks and CSP and Customer responsibilities and tools available within IaaS, PaaS, SaaS to track down and identify security threats. Bill so discussed impediments and challenges to performing forensics in a Cloud environment and where Cloud technologies improve forensics abilities.

Mr. Dean has more than 15 years of experience in the technical field in roles such as programmer, systems support, enterprise systems design and engineering, virtualization, digital forensics, and information security.

In 2005, he was recognized as the primary architect for an Intel virtualization/server consolidation project and was awarded Network World’s “Enterprise All Star” and “InfoWorld’s Top 100 Projects”. Since that time Bill has focused his career on the specialties of information security, electronic discovery, digital forensics, and incident response. Bill served as the technical expert and provided Federal Court testimony in the 7th largest eDiscovery case in 2007 and is an expert witness involving a wide variety of issues involving computer forensics.

Bill is a frequent speaker and published author on the topics of computer security, digital forensics and electronic discovery for numerous legal and technical associations. Bill possesses an associate’s degree in Computer Science and a baccalaureate degree in Information Technology from East Tennessee State University.  Additionally he is a Certified Computer Examiner, GIAC Certified Incident Handler, GIAC Certified Penetration Tester and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst. He is also an active member of the International Society for Forensic Computer Examiners and InfraGard.

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